Friday, September 16, 2016
Del. Greg Habeeb of Salem today has submitted HB 1406 that is contingent on HJ 542, the passage of amendments to the Virginia Constitution by November 2018. Both to be taken up in the 2017 General Assembly session in January.
The hitch is that HB 1406 the automatic right to own a firearm goes into effect automatically when the Constitutional Amendment Article II, Section 1 is approved by voters.
The amendment to the Constitution provides for the automatic restoration of the civil rights of a person who has been convicted of any non-violent felony after they have completed their sentence, including all supervised or unsupervised probation, and paid all fines, fees, court costs, and restitutio
Ken Saunders mows the 11th fairway at Countryside Golf Course
Ken Saunders is in pain. Not only is he 70 years old but the one thing he loves is crumbling slowly before his very eyes. It is too much for him to bare so he is mowing as best he can the 11th fairway.
Ken lives beside the 11th green and backs up to the 10th fairway at Countryside golf course – or rather what once was Countryside golf course. Though fathers still bring their sons and daughters to play what is still playable the course is reaching the point of no return.
By “no return” that means the greens and fairways would not be repairable. Golf courses need constant care – there is no mulligan for abandonment.
Every week and sometimes twice a week you can find Ken mowing the fairway and his wife Rosanne picking up limbs and debris off the green. After that they hit a few balls and putt around on the green. Exhausted they drag back the few yards to their home next door. Friday a thankful golfer who was playing an 11th fairway round gave Ken $5 for gas and thanked him for his unselfish effort.
Ken taught his son to play at Countryside (Arrow Wood) golf course when he was only 5 years-old. He sawed off clubs for him and used electrical tape to make grips so Kenny Saunders now 49 could take a whack at his first golf ball.
Where is littleKenny now? He is In Cancun Mexico and a PGA Pro. He was in Vietnam managing several golf courses – CLICK HERE for The Roanoke Times Story by Randy King.
Why am I telling this little story? Ken is not the only neighbor in pain. The five homes for sale are not about to budge for any price.
Incumbent councilman Dave Trinkle came to Sweet Union Baptist Church Sunday giving his obligatory shpeal. He had no answers for those who asked about Countryside …. “some kind of green space or something” he guessed.
Will Northwest sit on their hands on election day May 4th? I think so ….
Posted By Valerie Garner
Tags: Countryside, golf, neighborhood